For a limited time, you can earn up to 125,000 points with Marriott Bonvoy Amex cards — and you'll also get Platinum elite status for a year

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  • American Express is offering increased welcome offers on two Marriott Bonvoy cards from now until January 13.
  • With the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card, you can earn up to 125,000 Marriott points — 100,000 after spending $5,000 in the first three months, and another 25,000 after your first anniversary of cardmembership.
  • Meanwhile, the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card is offering 100,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first three months.
  • Both cards are also offering an upgrade to Platinum elite status for a year, starting in February. This gets you late checkout, plus 50% more points on paid Marriott stays.
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If you're looking to use hotel points to book a weekend getaway or even a staycation close to home, there's currently no shortage of credit card welcome offers that can help you boost your loyalty program balances significantly. 

For instance, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card just launched an intro bonus of five free nights — each of which is worth up to 50,000 Marriott points — after you spend $5,000 in the first three months from account opening. That offer is hard to beat, but if you want to stay at high-end Marriott properties that cost more than 50,000 points per night, these two new Marriott Bonvoy card offers from American Express are worth a look.

Plus, if elite status is important to you, you can leverage these welcome bonuses to get an upgrade to Platinum elite status with Marriott for a year starting in February.

We're focused here on the rewards and perks that come with each card. These cards won't be worth it if you're paying interest or late fees. When using a credit card, it's important to pay your balance in full each month, make payments on time, and only spend what you can afford to pay.

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card

American Express Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card

The Bonvoy Brilliant card has a $450 annual fee, but some of that fee is effectively canceled out if you take advantage of the $300 annual statement credit for participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels. This benefit resets each account year, and you can use it to pay for a hotel stay, or for incidentals such as room service during your stay. You also get a free night award each year, which you can use at Marriott properties that cost up to 50,000 points.

Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card

American Express Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card

Beyond that, you can earn up to $150 in statement credits for eligible purchases on US advertising in select media, including online, radio, and TV advertising, in the first six months of cardmembership.

You can use these points now or later

If you're dreaming of a vacation but not sure when you'll actually feel ready to book, keep in mind that your Marriott points won't expire as long as you continue to use your Marriott credit card.

That said, it could also be worth using points from one of these offers sooner than later to book a getaway near you if you live near a Marriott Bonvoy resort and you feel comfortable booking a stay during the coronavirus pandemic. With 100,000 Marriott points, you could book two nights at properties like the Westin Snowmass Resort in Colorado or the W Miami, which sits right on the beach.

In any case, remember that these welcome bonuses are only available until January 13, so don't wait too long to apply.

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